Kansas City barbecue. Maine lobster rolls. Key Lime pie made with fresh Florida citrus. A mountain of crispy fried beignets in Louisiana. Food is a way of life, and every state has its own signature dishes to be proud of. But while residents might argue over why their local flavors are the best, we can’t help but ponder the opposite: Which state has the worst food in America?

To find out, we at Best Life first measured three factors: the appeal and diversity of the restaurant scene; the sustainability and popularity of locally grown produce and meat; and the ease of accessing healthy, affordable food. For the first metric, we turned to travel experts Far and Wide, which ranked each state based on the quality, diversity, and appeal of local restaurants. Then, for the latter two metrics, we factored in Strolling of the Heifer’s most recent Locavore Index, which uses several stats to rank all 50 states based on their level of commitment to producing healthy, local food.

Finally, we used the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on adult obesity prevalence in each state. Obesity is often linked to wealth inequality and food insecurity, so a higher obesity rate means healthy food is less accessible or affordable. (The CDC did not have this data for New Jersey, so we used America’s Health Rankings as the source in that one instance.) We then gave each metric a weighted value before running them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Food Fail Index.

Our results showed that food—as analyzed using the metrics outlined above—tended to be worse in certain parts of the South. Of the 10 states with the worst food, six were in the South, with three in the Midwest and one in the West. Interestingly enough, states known for their agricultural production didn’t necessarily rank as having good food. The states with the best food, on the other hand, tended to come from East and West Coast. Read on to find out where the worst food in America is, and how your state’s cuisine ranks. And for more on another place that’s known for its bad eating experiences, This Is the Most Hated Fast Food Chain in America.

50

California

Restaurant rank: 1

Local food and produce rank: 2

Adult residents who are obese: 26.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 0.00

49

Hawaii

Restaurant rank: 12

Local food and produce rank: 3

Adult residents who are obese: 25.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 7.05

48

Washington

Restaurant rank: 9

Local food and produce rank: 4

Adult residents who are obese: 28.3 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 13.46

47

Oregon

Restaurant rank: 7

Local food and produce rank: 6

Adult residents who are obese: 29.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 15.18

46

New York

Restaurant rank: 2

Local food and produce rank: 18

Adult residents who are obese: 27.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 16.35

45

New Jersey

Restaurant rank: 8

Local food and produce rank:23

Adult residents who are obese: 25.6 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 21.83

44

Vermont

Restaurant rank: 28

Local food and produce rank: 1

Adult residents who are obese: 26.6 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 22.62

43

Maine

Restaurant rank: 10

Local food and produce rank: 5

Adult residents who are obese: 31.7 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 23.45

42

Colorado

Restaurant rank: 21

Local food and produce rank: 24

Adult residents who are obese: 23.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 29.08

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41

Massachusetts

Restaurant rank: 20

Local food and produce rank: 22

Adult residents who are obese: 25.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 30.01

40

Pennsylvania

Restaurant rank: 11

Local food and produce rank: 11

Adult residents who are obese: 33.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 32.94

39

Connecticut

Restaurant rank: 16

Local food and produce rank: 27

Adult residents who are obese: 29.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 40.39

38

Illinois

Restaurant rank: 5

Local food and produce rank: 34

Adult residents who are obese: 31.6 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 43.18

37

Wisconsin

Restaurant rank: 18

Local food and produce rank: 14

Adult residents who are obese: 26.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 43.71

36

Minnesota

Restaurant rank: 19

Local food and produce rank: 26

Adult residents who are obese: 30.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 44.50

35

Idaho

Restaurant rank: 40

Local food and produce rank: 7

Adult residents who are obese: 29.5 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 44.69

34

North Carolina

Restaurant rank: 13

Local food and produce rank: 21

Adult residents who are obese: 34.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 44.89

33

Michigan

Restaurant rank: 17

Local food and produce rank: 12

Adult residents who are obese: 36.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 45.62

32

Maryland

Restaurant rank: 15

Local food and produce rank: 25

Adult residents who are obese: 32.3 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 45.72

31

New Mexico

Restaurant rank: 34

Local food and produce rank: 8

Adult residents who are obese: 31.7 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 45.92

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30

Arizona

Restaurant rank: 35

Local food and produce rank: 10

Adult residents who are obese: 31.4 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 47.68

29

Wyoming

Restaurant rank: 41

Local food and produce rank: 9

Adult residents who are obese: 29.7 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 47.68

28

Georgia

Restaurant rank: 24

Local food and produce rank:19

Adult residents who are obese: 33.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 50.18

27

Virginia

Restaurant rank: 30

Local food and produce rank: 20

Adult residents who are obese: 31.9 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 50.18

26

Texas

Restaurant rank: 4

Local food and produce rank: 42

Adult residents who are obese: 34.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 54.88

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25

Delaware

Restaurant rank: 32

Local food and produce rank: 13

Adult residents who are obese: 34.4 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 55.02

24

New Hampshire

Restaurant rank: 37

Local food and produce rank:16

Adult residents who are obese: 31.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 55.32

23

Utah

Restaurant rank: 47

Local food and produce rank: 15

Adult residents who are obese: 29.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 56.44

22

Montana

Restaurant rank: 38

Local food and produce rank: 28

Adult residents who are obese: 28.3 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 57.57

21

South Carolina

Restaurant rank: 14

Local food and produce rank: 32

Adult residents who are obese: 35.4 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 58.30

20

Louisiana

Restaurant rank: 3

Local food and produce rank: 44

Adult residents who are obese: 35.9 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 60.36

19

Rhode Island

Restaurant rank: 33

Local food and produce rank: 33

Adult residents who are obese: 30.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 61.73

18

Tennessee

Restaurant rank: 6

Local food and produce rank: 41

Adult residents who are obese: 36.5 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 61.83

17

Florida

Restaurant rank: 46

Local food and produce rank: 31

Adult residents who are obese: 27.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 63.54

16

Missouri

Restaurant rank: 22

Local food and produce rank: 35

Adult residents who are obese: 34.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 65.99

15

Indiana

Restaurant rank: 27

Local food and produce rank: 29

Adult residents who are obese: 35.3 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 66.38

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14

Ohio

Restaurant rank: 29

Local food and produce rank: 30

Adult residents who are obese: 34.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 67.65

13

North Dakota

Restaurant rank:49

Local food and produce rank: 17

Adult residents who are obese: 34.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 73.48

12

Kentucky

Restaurant rank: 23

Local food and produce rank: 40

Adult residents who are obese: 36.5 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 75.14

11

Nevada

Restaurant rank: 39

Local food and produce rank: 47

Adult residents who are obese: 30.6 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 79.84

10

Alaska

Restaurant rank: 50

Local food and produce rank: 38

Adult residents who are obese: 30.5 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 81.26

9

Iowa

Restaurant rank: 42

Local food and produce rank: 36

Adult residents who are obese: 33.9 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 81.26

8

Arkansas

Restaurant rank: 31

Local food and produce rank: 39

Adult residents who are obese: 37.4 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 83.17

7

Alabama

Restaurant rank: 25

Local food and produce rank: 50

Adult residents who are obese: 36.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 84.15

6

South Dakota

Restaurant rank: 48

Local food and produce rank: 37

Adult residents who are obese: 33.0 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 84.88

5

Nebraska

Restaurant rank: 45

Local food and produce rank: 43

Adult residents who are obese: 34.1 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 90.07

4

Mississippi

Restaurant rank: 26

Local food and produce rank: 45

Adult residents who are obese: 40.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 92.32

3

Kansas

Restaurant rank: 44

Local food and produce rank: 48

Adult residents who are obese: 35.2 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 96.09

2

West Virginia

Restaurant rank: 36

Local food and produce rank: 46

Adult residents who are obese: 39.7 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 98.79

1

Oklahoma

Restaurant rank: 43

Local food and produce rank: 49

Adult residents who are obese: 36.8 percent

Food Fail Index Score: 100.00

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